From the diaries by Erick
On October 3, 2009, Dede Scozzafava was interviewed following an event in Saranac Lake. At this event, Scozzafava said that she would not sign the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge for a confusing reason. Here’s a quote from the article –
Scozzafava said she won’t sign the pledge because the income tax is just one form of tax, and that more people could be impacted if, for example, you refuse to increase income taxes under any circumstances but raise other taxes or fees instead.
“When people say they’ll never vote for taxes – those are people who have never been there,” [Assemblywoman and Scozzafava supporter] Duprey said.
In the past 2 weeks, her Conservative opponent and Protection Pledge signer Doug Hoffman has gained quite a bit of ground. In those two weeks, Scozzafava has changed her mind and decided to sign this taxpayer pledge. The associated press release states that this provides a “…clear indication of where Hoffman and Scozzafava stand on taxes.” I disagree on this statement.
Instead of providing a clear picture of Scozzafava’s stance, it shows a clear picture of character. Scozzafava is willing to sign any pledge and do anything to get elected. If she was principled in her moderacy, I could at least respect that. I now have no respect for her principles on the issues. As polls show her losing support amongst conservatives, she jumps onto an anti-tax pledge she does not believe in. This is a display of a self-serving nature and the people of the 23rd District deserve better.
An independent minded alternative has stood proudly for fiscally conservative principles the entire time. He has not wavered from week to week based on polling data. Doug Hoffman is the right candidate for this district and his opponents actions make this clearer by the day.
Cross posted at Old Line Elephant